Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/25/strongest-people-planet
We could do what we did for settlers. Something like ten acres and a mule to settle some less than favorable land. We would find out how industrious refugees can be.
That first winter is a son-of-a-gun.
“Every story is different. All are heart-wrenching. Everyone has a story that, if you knew it, would break your heart. They are the strongest people on the planet. Who wouldn’t want them? They chose to come and made it.”
She added: “We’re all interconnected. If we don’t understand that we’re global citizens and need to take care of one another, then we’re doomed.”
This new book is awesome - this woman can write - and sees like an artist.
Why would the Chicago archdiocese not indicate it was looking for another archdiocese facility that would be larger? Our Lady of Victory elementary school on the northwest side closed in 2016. It certainly would be large enough to house many families.
There was also an incredible story about a boy of 8 fleeing an African Country after witnessing his mother and father murdered by a local militia group. He was captured by a group of mercenaries who tried to recruit him into being a militia member before he managed to escape them and than make his way on foot all the way to South Africa (thousands of miles) He survived in that Country for a few years rummaging through dumpsters and through ships in the harbor foraging enough to survive on.
He one day fell asleep on one of those ships only discovered when it docked in Canada. They put him off the ship and he was accepted as a refugees (He was in his teens by then). A Local pastor for a Church took him under his wing and got him to achieve refugee status. He attended a Canadian University and became a lawyer and works on the behalf of other refugees.
What a great-sounding eight-year-old.